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Cabinet okays excise policy
Chandigarh, March 7
The number of liquor shops, both of Punjab medium and Indian-made foreign liquor, will increase by 2 per cent in the state as the Punjab Cabinet today gave its formal approval to the new excise policy for the next financial year. At present there are 3750 shops for Punjab medium liquor and 1,162 shops for the IMFL in the state.

Opposition stalls proceedings
Chandigarh, March 7
The Punjab Vidhan Sabha was today adjourned till Tuesday next, following stalling of the proceedings of the House by the Opposition, by the Speaker, Mr Charanjit Singh Atwal. The Speaker had earlier twice adjourned the House, once for one hour and again for half an hour with the Opposition refusing to relent or pay heed to him.

Govt plans to lift wheat from fields
Patiala, March 7
The Punjab Government is in the process of formulating a major decision to lift the coming wheat produce of farmers from their fields itself with an eye to create goodwill among the farming community which is likely to be its major electoral vote bank in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.

Land scam offenders to be booked
Ludhiana, March 7
The biggest ever land fraud involving the selling of over 50 acres of the government property worth 12 crore is heading towards climax. Those involved in the fraud will be booked under the relevant provisions of the law within a week.

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PSEB employees hold rally...
Bathinda, March 7
Thousands of the employees belonging to various unions of the Punjab State Electricity Board today held a rally near the office of the Superintendent Engineer to press the authorities to accept their demands.

Karnail Singh is MC chief
Maur Mandi, March 7
Mr Karnail Singh, who was backed by Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, MLA, Talwandi Sabo, has been elected President of the local Municipal Council. The elections for the offices of president and vice-president were held today in the municipal council office.

Sukhbir-backed man defeated
Maur Mandi, March 7
New political alignments emerged in the district, considered as a stronghold of the Akalis, when the candidate for the post of president of the local municipal council, Mr Nirmal Singh, reportedly backed by Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, MP, was defeated when Mr Harminder Singh Jassi, MLA, Talwandi Sabo and senior Akali leader, Mr Jaspal Singh DhansukhKhanewala joined hands.

IMA against exclusion of docs from VRS
Sangrur, March 7
The Punjab unit of the Indian Medical Association has expressed resentment for not including government doctors in the proposed voluntary retirement scheme for the government employees.


No truce with Badal: Bhaur
Amritsar, March 7
The vice-president of the Sarb Hind Shiromani Akali Dal (SHSAD) and former acting president of the SGPC, Mr Sukhdev Singh Bhaur, ruled out any possibility of a truce between the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the SHSAD led by Mr Gurcharan Singh Tohra.


2001 declared drug de-addiction year
Anandpur Sahib (Ropar), March 7
The Jathedar of Takht Shri Kesgarh Sahib, Prof Manjit Singh, has declared this as the drug de-addiction year. Social and religious organisations would come together to launch a campaign against drug addiction in the state.

Another Dabwali-type fire in waiting
Bathinda, March 7
The Dabwali fire tragedy which claimed nearly 400 lives and left more than 300 persons injured on December 23, 1995, has not been forgotten by residents of the town.

A young visitor admires an entry at the Annual Flower and Baby Show held at Baradari Gardens in Patiala on WednesdayFlower show attracts 3,000 entries
Patiala, March 7
Lovely blossoms of flowers in different sizes and hues cast a spell on spectators at the Annual Flower and Baby Show organised by the Department of Horticulture at the historic Baradari Gardens here today.

A young visitor admires an entry at the Annual Flower and Baby Show held at Baradari Gardens in Patiala on Wednesday. Photo by Subhash Patialvi

Dalit beaten to death, BSP holds dharna
Amritsar, March 7
Maninderjit Singh (19), a resident of Kohali village in Majitha police district, was beaten to death by a school principal, teachers, peon and the police, following which relatives of the youth, with support of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), held a protest dharna.

Audit officer convicted
Jalandhar, March 7
D.P. Sharda, an Audit Officer of a cooperative society in Hoshiarpur, who was nabbed by the Hoshiarpur Vigilance Bureau in 1995 while taking a bribe of Rs 1,000 from a Bhingar Khurd resident has been sentenced to one year rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 by the court of Mr C.D. Gupta, Additional Sessions Judge, Hoshiarpur.

Visitors throng Hola Mohalla
Ropar, March 7
Thousands of devotees thronged Anandpur Sahib today. Most of the inns in and around Anandpur Sahib are already full with the devotees from all over the states. The people from villages have started langars that are catering to the devotees and visitors besides the regular langars at the gurdwaras.

DSP’s plea for bail
Patiala, March 7
Punjab Police DSP Jagtar Singh today filed an application in the court of the District and Sessions Judge urging that he be granted anticipatory bail in the case in which he is an accused along with four other police officers, all of whom have been charged with the illegal detention and disappearance of a Babbar Khalsa International activist in 1993.


Man ‘murders’ father-in-law
Ludhiana, March 7
An auto rickshaw driver, Prem Lal (35), allegedly killed his father-in-law Raj Pal (65) with a sharp-edged weapon in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar near here yesterday. The police has registered a case and arrested the accused.

Flesh trade racket busted
Bathinda, March 7
The district police today claimed to have busted a gang involved in flesh trade, with the arrest of five persons.


Class V paper leaked, exam cancelled
Ludhiana, March 7
Much to the chagrin of parents, thousands of students of class V who had been looking forward to a good start to their board examinations had to return home for no fault of theirs.

Education college faces closure
Faridkot, March 7
The local Government Education College, one among the three such colleges in the state, may face closure from the next academic session if the authorities concerned fail to take corrective measures to keep it running.

Khalsa College gets regular Principal
Patiala, March 7
The Managing Committee of the local Khalsa College finally bowed down to the ultimatum given by Punjabi University on the issue of appointment of a regular Principal to replace the ad hoc appointment in force for more than one-and-a-half year by appointing Dr Harbir Singh to the post today.

GCG-Patiala girls shine
Patiala, March 7
Paramjit Kaur of the Government College for Girls (GCG), Patiala, and Khushwant Singh of Government Mohindra College, Patiala, emerged victorious in folk instrumental category during the inter-college competitions for folk instruments, folk singing and folk dances at Punjabi University here today.

Jashan 2001 opens
Amritsar, March 7
“Jashan 2001”, annual cultural programme of Guru Nanak Dev University, opened here today at Dasmesh auditorium of the university. Dr (Mrs) Mohinder Kaur Soch, wife of Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated the programme by lighting candles.

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